How Long Should a Reception Last?
It's all about the party! That is what the trend is today. Bride and grooms plan a lovely and meaningful wedding ceremony, but after that they want to have a good time with their family and friends.
The length of a reception is determined by several factors:
Budget: Your budget determines how much food and drink you can serve. When the food and drink run out, guests leave. So if you want to have a longer party, keep this in mind.
DJ or Band Package: These packages are usually 4 hours (minimum), 6 hours, and more. Most DJ's will add an additional hour for the ceremony at a small fee. Decide which package you can afford and is important to keep the party going.
Venue Restrictions: If your reception is outdoors in a residential area, the city may have noise restrictions that will require you to shut down the party early. Also, Houses of Worship sometimes have restrictions. These restrictions are so they can clean and set up for worship the next day. If the venue has an event the next day, there also may be a time restriction.
Couple's Wishes: If the couple must travel early the next day, they sometimes wish to leave early. Even though it is tradition for the couple to leave before the guests, some couples wish to stay for their reception to the end. We all know when the couple leaves, the party usually ends.
If you want your reception to end later in the night, consider any restrictions or package timelines and that will help you determine your ceremony time.